Princess Diana‘s former butler warned the Duchess of Sussex must ‘confirm and do as she’s told’ or risk clashing with senior members of the royal family.
Paul Burrell, 60, explained Meghan, 37, is a ‘strong and independent woman’ who has found herself joining the ‘most traditional family in the country’.
Speaking on Channel 5 documentary Kate V Meghan: Princesses at War, which aired last night, Burrell claimed Buckingham Palace is like a ‘minefield’ for anyone new and compared the treatment Meghan has received to that experienced by Princess Diana.
He said: ‘Meghan has married into the most traditional family in the country, the royal family. How is she going to cope? Princess Diana was brought up in a house that was as big as Buckingham Palace, and even she was lost.’
Diana’s former butler has compared Meghan’s treatment in the royal family to that of Princess Diana, claiming that she ‘was not treated very kindly’, speaking on Channel 5’s documentary ‘Kate V Meghan: Princesses at war’ which aired on Sunday night
Paul Burrell, 60, explained Meghan, 37, is a ‘strong and independent woman’ who has found herself joining the ‘most traditional family in the country’. Pictured, Meghan and Harry at the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham last year
Burrell, 60, served as a footman for the Queen and later butler to Diana for 10 years until her death in 1997. In the years since he has spoken often of his connections to the royal family and published a number of memoirs.
Describing Meghan as a ‘strong and independent woman’, the Derbyshire-born former butler acknowledged that she may clash with the royal family if she doesn’t ‘conform and do as she’s told’.
He continued: ‘Buckingham Palace is a minefield for any person going in there for a first time. People set traps, they weren’t very kind to this young girl coming into this world.’ ‘Who would want to be part of that family?’, he added.
Burrell urged Meghan to ‘stay close to Harry’ and get to know the queen, describing her as the one that ‘mattered the most’.
According to Paul Burrell, even Diana, seen on an official tour of Hong Kong in 1989, struggled with adjusting to life in the palace- despite having grown up in similar surroundings and he claims she was ‘treated unfairly’
Burrell, 60, served as a footman for the Queen and later butler to Diana for 10 years until her death in 1997. Pictured, the pair days before her death in August 1997
Meghan has hit the spotlight over the past year for allegedly ‘shaking up the royal family’ due to her passionate nature, which has earned her comparisons to Diana.
Meghan has long been vocal of her stance on feminism, politics and human rights, as well as reportedly being unhappy about the royal’s penchant for hunting, as she is an avid animal lover.
Last year it was revealed Harry and Meghan would be moving out of their Kensington Palace cottage to the grounds of Windsor, to avoid their first child- due in spring 2019, growing up ‘in a goldfish bowl’.
However behind the scenes reports claimed the move could be due to a rift between the Cambridges and the Sussexes.
Then just weeks ago sources claimed Meghan, 37, was ‘fed-up’ of not being able to ‘stand up for herself’ as the demands of royal protocol dictate she keeps a dignified silence amid rumours of tension between the sisters-in-law.
Meghan has hit the spotlight over the past year for allegedly ‘shaking up the royal family’ due to her passionate nature, which has earned her comparisons to Diana. Pictured, the Duchess with sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge at Sandringham on Christmas Day
An insider told Us Weekly the pregnant duchess is finding it ‘frustrating and stressful’ having ‘no voice’ – and finds the constraints of royal life ‘debilitating’.
Additionally Meghan has had to endure regular public outbursts from her half sister Samantha Markle, and her father Thomas.
Last month, Thomas directly appealed on television to the Queen to intervene and end his estrangement from his daughter whom he has not seen since he missed her wedding in May to Harry.
And while Meghan has maintained a dignified silence amid his regular demands, experts have claimed she may have an easier life if she does the same when it comes to royal matters.
Last month Tom Bower, unauthorised biographer of Prince Charles, spoke out about her passionate nature, appearing on Good Morning Britain.
Comparing her to Harry’s late mother, he claimed: ‘The problem is in my view that she is trying to be Diana.
‘She’s trying to adopt the new role, and the tragedy of the story is it’ll end in the same way unless someone steps in from the Palace and says ‘look this is the way it’s done here’.’
Claiming that the reported rift between Meghan and Kate was actually between the brothers, royal author Kate Nicholl said Harry felt ‘criticised’ for his choice of bride. The ‘fab four’ are seen at Sandringham on Christmas Day, joined by Prince Charles